The phrase “faceless bureaucrat” is not typically a compliment, but in Reykjavik, Iceland, these anonymous workers are honored in art. This statue is unique as it is literally faceless, with a large slab of Icelandic volcanic basalt where the head and torso would be. The statue, created by sculptor Magnús Tómasson in 1994, leaves interpretation open as to whether it is a serious tribute or a humorous satire. While monuments to unknown soldiers are common worldwide, Iceland has no standing army, making this statue a tribute to the civilians who serve their country.
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The sculpture was moved to northbankt of Tjörnin, the little lake in the center of Reykjavik